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Optimum Healthcare IT, a Best in KLAS healthcare IT staffing and consulting services company, announced today that they have partnered with the University of Rhode Island (URI) in the Optimum CareerPath™ apprenticeship program. The CareerPath program is a first-of-its-kind apprenticeship program in Healthcare IT that creates career pathways between college students and the healthcare industry.

URI and Optimum Healthcare IT share a desire for URI students and recent alumni to have access to careers in Healthcare IT. URI students entering the Optimum CareerPath program will go through an immersive training program that includes two phases. The first phase consists of Core and Technical Education, where a solid foundation of healthcare and healthcare IT knowledge is formed. Upon completing phase one, students will then move into their respective application-specific technical tracks for phase two, focusing on specific IT skills and platforms used by healthcare organizations. After training, the students will join Optimum project teams serving clients across the United States.

Partnering with Optimum creates a great opportunity for URI students graduating with health degrees to further their education and get important skills for high demand jobs and immediate job placement in electronic medical records, which is a rapidly growing field, said Katharine Flynn, executive director of the URI Business Engagement Center.

In addition to CareerPath training, apprentices will receive a certification from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHiME) and training on specific applications or platforms necessary to succeed in their new roles.

Healthcare organizations need additional IT staffing and are pursuing various approaches to both attract and retain staff. Whether it is specialists capable of implementing and supporting electronic health record (EHR) systems, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, data analysts, or data engineers, the Optimum CareerPath program can provide the right resources.

The response and feedback we have received since we have launched the Optimum CareerPath program have been outstanding, said Jason Jarrett, CEO of Optimum Healthcare IT. As we continue to grow this program and add more university partnerships, our ability to provide healthcare organizations with talented individuals grows. I am very excited to welcome the University of Rhode Island into the program, and we look forward to working with their graduates.

For more information on the Optimum CareerPath program, click here.

About The University of Rhode Island
The University of Rhode Island is the state’s flagship public higher education institution serving students from 48 U.S. states and territories and 67 nations. It enrolls about 17,650 undergraduate and graduate students. As a public Land Grant university in a highly competitive region in the United States, URI remains one of the most affordable universities in the Northeast for both in-state and out-of-state students.

The University of Rhode Island (URI) Business Engagement Center (BEC) is the “front door” for the industry to connect with the vast resources that exist at the University to sponsor research opportunities, access assistance with technology or intellectual property transfer, seek information about licensing, receive customized workforce training, and connect with undergraduate and graduate students for internships, as well as other essential services to help business thrive

About Optimum Healthcare IT

Optimum Healthcare IT is a Best in KLAS healthcare IT digital transformation and consulting firm based in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Optimum’s comprehensive service offerings include Enterprise Application Services, Digital Transformation, and Workforce Management, which features our skill development program, Optimum CareerPath®. Backed by a leadership team with extensive expertise, we deliver tailored healthcare consulting solutions to diverse organizations.

Visit or call 1.904.373.0831 to learn how your organization can utilize our solutions.


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